Zach’s grandmother, Ginny, is in the hospital and very sick. She had a minor stroke a couple of weeks ago and has been in a rehab facility. She now has a virus and has been sedated since Friday. Today she was showing some progress and response. Please keep her in your prayers.
I was thinking about the things Ginny has taught me and how much we would all miss her if she was not around. Some of them are quite funny so I thought I would share.
10 Things Ginny has taught me:
1. How to make chocolate & caramel turtles: She loves to cook and especially make candy to give to people. Every time we go and visit she will make something to send back to my family. She always shows me how she makes them using her candy molds. The most common one is caramel filled chocolate turtles. She melts the chocolate and then paints it inside the mold “using a paint brush I only uses for candy!” Once it is dry, she pours her caramel in and then pours in chocolate to cover up the caramel.
2. How to make a rose out of a tomato peel: You peel the tomato around and around until it is all off in one piece and then form it into a flower. She says it looks “impressive” on top of homemade potato salad and I agree!
3. You are never too old to carry brass knuckles or a black jack. Just last week in the hospital, the nurse was looking for something in Ginny’s purse and came across the brass knuckles. The nurse thought it was so funny and took them out to the nurses station to show them.
4. Always have a good joke on hand to break the ice. If you have ever been around her you know this and some of them will make you blush! She demonstrated this the first time she met my family. ha!
5. “Stay off of the Wacky Weed.”
7. “Don’t act like you have more money than brains!”
8. Some other great sayings like “I wouldn’t give you a nickle for a whole truck load of them” and some that might not be appropriate but are still funny coming from her.
9. Don’t throw away or get rid of anything you might need later. – I sometimes clean out drawers when I go and visit and somehow I think it all comes back inside right when I leave.
I love going to the grocery store but, I have been trying not to go and use everything we have. I was in the mood for Italian the other night and Chicken Parmesan sounded good. I had just bought a rotisserie chicken on sale and decided to make the sauce with that. I just chopped up the chicken and then sauteed it with some italian herbs, garlic, and olive oil. Then I added in tomato sauce. Before it was served I topped the pasta and sauce with some parmesan and mozzarella cheese. I think it would be a good “Baked Spaghetti” recipe because it was even better the next day when I heated it in the oven. This is a recipe I will make again!
With the left overs I made mini Chicken Parm Pizzas. I just took the left over sauce and put it on toasted cocktail bread and then topped with Mozzarella cheese and baked for a few minutes. It was a great afternoon snack for Zach when he got off of work on Saturday.
As I have mentioned in my previous post, I have been working on my craft room. I finished painting all of my furniture this weekend and am looking for some material for curtains. I also painted this old frame and had Zach add a cork board. I have started seeing really cute push pins in several boutique stores and figured they would be simple to make. My sister-in-law bought some precious ones at Tweed. Since my cork board is hanging above all of my folded fabric and sewing machines the buttons worked well and added some color. I just bought plain thumbtacks and then super glued different buttons on top.
Another idea I thought I would share is “comic wrapping paper.” I have seen this before but everytime I would think about it I wouldn’t have a paper. We started getting the newspaper when we moved and as much as I love it, half the time I don’t read it all and end up taking it to recycling. I have started saving the comic section to use as wrapping paper. It looks really cute tied with bright raffia.
Before the play we went to eat at Simply Thai in Lakewood. It is so good!!! They have only been open about 9 months, so if you have not tried it yet, you are missing out! FYI: They ask you how spicy you want your meal on a scale of 1-5. You can order a “0” and add your own. I love spicy and a “1” is good for me 😉
During the last few months I have been so ready for yard sale season to restart. Ever Saturday morning Zach and I get up early and head out to see what we can find. We have a booth in the World’s Longest Yard Sale in August on Signal Mountain so, we buy all year for that and my booth at the Beehive. There are two great Estate Sales this weekend. I woke up when it was still dark out to make it over this am so I could be back when I had to start work at 8am. I was the 2nd person in line and was able to run in and get all of the stuff I had my eye on with the help of my mom . It was worth the missed sleep! I came away with some of my favorite picks yet. Usually, I buy to resale but today it was all for keeps. There is still lots of great stuff at both sales so try to go by if you are in town and interested.
The other sale in in Old Hickory on Jones Street in the village. The neatest thing happened! I looked and saw an owl that my grandmother had made. I started to tear up and so did my mom. I was so excited!!! It made my day. Back in the 70’s she would make and sale art on drift wood from the lake. A couple of years ago she taught me how to make them because I had always loved the ones she made. I use all the ones she gave me to decorate for Halloween and always keep out a couple year around. Here is the one I found!
If any of you pickers out there ever see anything with her signature below, pick it up for me and I will get you back 🙂
Here are my favorite things I got from the Jones Circle sale:
A friend brought over some silver plated serving pieces last week for me to keep or sale in my booth. They were all tarnished and needed to be shined. I had not shined silver in forever. I soon realized why that was always a chore when I was a kid! Wow.. It is hard to get that stuff clean… but then a thought came to mind… check Pinterest! I knew there would be an easier way. Sure enough I saw where you mix water, baking soda, salt and a piece of tin foil in a pot and bring to a boil and then submerge the silver pieces for a minute. It worked great. Here is the link if you are interested: http://allthingsbeautiful-charity.blogspot.com/2010/05/cleaning-silver.html
While I was polishing the silver I also thought about how our lives can be like tarnished silver. We are made perfect by a perfect God but when we wander away from His path by our choices, we become tarnished. Our lives can feel dark, lonely, unhappy and unfulfilled. But He is always there waiting for us to come back to Him where He will cleanse our hearts and make us whole.
This weekend I made some flower and herb markers from old silver flatware. ( I shined these the hard way!) They will be for sale at the Beehive soon.
Since Today was Fat Tuesday I made some Jambalaya. I found this recipe for the crock pot and happened to have everything I needed on hand. It was good and made so much!!! I told Zach we were going to have to eat it for the rest of the week.
For desert I made some clover cookies with a glaze.
These frozen sugar cookies from GFS are by far my favorite cookie. Each holiday they come in different shapes and have 72 cookies per box for $9. Tonight I made a glaze for them that I found on Pinterest. I would highly recommending trying them!
On Saturday, we went over to my brother & sister-in-laws house to celebrate the Feb. family birthdays. Danielle had everything looking absolutely adorable! She and Ava, my niece, did all of the decorating in pinks and reds for a Valentine theme. The tissue paper pom poms she hung from the ceiling were so festive and fun.
The menu was delicious and perfect for an afternoon party. She served 2 types of chicken casseroles, fruit salad, green salad, dressed eggs, and Sister Schubert rolls. For an appetizer she had sausage pinwheels and for dessert a chocolate bunt cake.
Danielle is a great decorator and always has everything looking like a magazine. She is the go to person if you ever need advice on paint colors or help with decorating. Before we paint or make a big decorating change we get her approval. 🙂 She just helped my mom decide on painting her brick fireplace and it really transformed and updated the room. I think her mom, Debbie, is painting hers this week.
I loved the centerpieces with the pink carnations! What a great idea to use the teapots and other serving pieces for the arrangements.
She also had the kids’ table fixed really cute!
Ava had the idea of putting the tissue paper flowers under the glass on their kitchen table. I loved the way it looked and is a great idea for decorating for other holidays. It made me want to get a glass top dining room table.
Both sides of the family went in together to buy Jill a jumpy house from Little Tikes. It was the perfect gift and her reaction was priceless! She was squealing and so excited. For the past month, when you asked Jill what she wanted for her birthday she would say “iPad, I want an iPad.” It was so cute but crazy to think that she was turning 2 and was asking for one. They got her a Leap Pad and she was satisfied with that and didn’t know the difference.
The whole party turned out perfect! The girls (and William) are lucky to have a mom that is so creative and into details because the details made the party perfect!